Sending Written Work

Candidates for some subjects are required to submit written work as part of the application process. We will provide full information and guidance about how to send it to us after you have applied to us. Please don't worry in the meantime. The deadline for submitting written work in 2021 is Thursday 4th November. Please upload your written work on the additional document form. We have provided a link to this to all applicants. Please follow the size, format and naming conventions outlined in the form. We may otherwise not be able to connect your work to your application. 

Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

Once candidates have applied through UCAS they are required to submit two recent essays written for school or college work and marked by a teacher. We provide information on how to submit written work to all applicants. 

Archaeology

Students are required to submit one piece of written work. Written work should be in essay format (not science coursework or timed exam) with a word limit of up to 1500 words (can be an extract from an EPQ).

Architecture

Applicants for Architecture will not be asked to submit written work but are required to submit a portfolio and bring this to their interviews. We do not formally ‘mark’ or assess the portfolio but in judging your suitability for the course we will be interested to see the terms in which you discuss your work. The choice of material included in your portfolio is up to you; successful candidates have brought paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and constructions of all kinds, particularly material that conveys a spatial and three dimensional interest. We would not, however, expect to see designs for buildings – that is what you are coming to Cambridge to learn!

For candidates applying in 2020 for entry in 2021 or deferred 2021, please use the additional document form to submit your sample portfolio by 5th November. The link to this online submissions form has previously been shared with all applicants. 

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

After applying, candidates for AMES are required to submit two recent essays or equivalent pieces of school work on a subject of your choice. These may be discussed at interviews. If you apply to study a European language, you would also need to submit a piece of work written in your European language. We provide information on how to submit written work to all applicants. 

Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology

Applicants for Chemical Engineering do not need to submit any written work as part of their application.

Classics

After you apply you are required you to send two marked essays (both 3 and 4 year applicants) so that we can see how you think on paper. At least one should be in essay format. We will provide information on how to submit this to all applicants. 

Computer Science

You will not be asked to submit any written work as part of your application.

Economics

Once candidates have applied through UCAS, they are required to submit one recent essay or equivalent pieces of school work. We will provide information on how to submit this to all applicants. 

Engineering

Applicants are not expected to submit any written work as part of their application.

English

Once English candidates have applied through UCAS, they are required to submit two recent essays or equivalent pieces of school work on a subject of literary interest. We will provide information on how to submit this to all applicants. 

Geography

Once you have applied through UCAS, you will be required to submit a recent piece of school work of your choice. We will provide information on how to submit this to all applicants. 

History

Once History candidates have applied through UCAS, they are required to submit two recent History essays. These are to be essays completed as part of your A-Level or equivalent studies in History (please don't send work from other subjects) and they must contain your teacher's comments or marks. We will provide information on how to submit this to all applicants. 

History and Modern Languages

Once History and Modern Language candidates have applied through UCAS, they are required to submit: two writing samples. If you are applying for a post A-level language, one of these should be in the language you intend to study. We will provide information on how to submit this to all applicants. 

History and Politics

Once History and Politics candidates have applied through UCAS, they are required to submit two essays, including at least two essays on History. If you are taking History at school, your two History essays should be essays completed as part of your A-Level or equivalent History course and they must contain your teacher's comments or marks.We will provide information on how to submit this to all applicants. 

History of Art

No written work required for applicants of History of Art

Human, Social and Political Sciences

Once HSPS candidates have applied through UCAS, they are required to submit two recent essays or equivalent pieces of school work. We will provide information on how to submit this to all applicants. 

Law

You will not be asked to submit any written work as part of your application to King's.

Linguistics

You will not be asked to submit any written work as part of your application to King's.

Mathematics

You will not be asked to submit any written work as part of your application to King's.

Medicine

You will not be asked to submit any written work as part of your application to King's.

Modern and Medieval Languages

After applying through UCAS, MML candidates are required to submit two recent examples of writing (an essay, for example) completed for school, one of which should be in one of the languages you intend to study at university. The pieces must be dated school work which have been marked by a teacher. 

Music

Following your UCAS application you are required to submit a harmony or counterpoint exercise, and / or an original composition; and an historical or analytical essay - preferably on music, but another subject is acceptable. We will provide information on how to submit this to all applicants. 

Natural Sciences

You will not be asked to submit any written work as part of your application to King's.

Philosophy

Once candidates have applied through UCAS, they are required to submit two recent essays or equivalent pieces of school work. We will provide information on how to submit this to all applicants. 

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

You will not be asked to submit any written work as part of your application to King's.

Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

After you apply you are required to submit two marked essays so that we can see how you think on paper. We will provide information on how to submit this to all applicants. 

Which Essay(s) Should I Select?

Unless the subject matter is specified for your subject, any piece of work written for the subjects you study / studied at school or college will be fine, even if the work is not linked to the subject that you propose to study at Cambridge. In general, we would like to see work that best reflects your interests and abilities. We are deliberately flexible about the exact content so that you are free to select pieces that you would like us to read. You can submit work that is also being examined officially as coursework if you want to.

It is best to submit recent work; however, the essays you submit do not have to have been written in your final year at school. Essays written last academic year would be fine if you have not yet produced anything suitable this year. We do not expect gap-year students to produce new work - if you are on a gap year, please send essays from your final year at school.

We prefer essays to be marked by a member of your school staff. If submitting marked work is not possible for any reason, please add a brief explanatory note on the coversheet. School work must be original work, not re-written or corrected for Cambridge.

Unless specified in the information for your subject, essays may be either handwritten or typed. We prefer you to submit your work exactly as you produced it at school or college. Accordingly, please do not worry about such details as formatting or whether or not you included a bibliography.

Any essays you send should be pieces of work that you would feel happy to discuss in an interview. Your interviewers then decide whether or not to ask you about your written work.

There is no word limit. As a guide, and unless otherwise specified in your subject paragraph, most candidates submit essays that are between 1,000 and 3,000 words long. When selecting work, please note that we are looking for quality rather than quantity. If you submit work that is longer than 3,000 words, we are happy to receive it but do not guarantee that the interviewers will read all of it.

All essays must be written in English, unless we have requested them to be written in a foreign language that you are applying to study at Cambridge. It is best to submit work that was originally written in English, however we are happy to accept translations (either official translations or a translation by you) if you want to submit work originally written in another language. We are aware of differences in syllabus and methodology in different countries so you will not be disadvantaged if your essays are not written in the same style as those we receive from UK applicants.

If, for any reason, you are unable to submit any written work, it is in your interest to write to us before the deadline and to explain your circumstances.
 


 

Preparing Your Written Work

Each essay MUST be accompanied by a signed coversheet - available at the bottom of this page. If you are at school or able to be in contact with your previous school, a member of your school staff must certify the pieces you submit as your own work on the coversheet.

Please write on the coversheet any information about the context in which you wrote each essay which may be useful for the person reading it. For example, how long you were given to do it (1 hour / 3 days / 3 weeks etc.), whether or not you were allowed to use a dictionary (say, in the case of foreign language essays) or other resources. Anything else that you feel needs explaining about the work that you are sending can be explained in a note on the coversheet.

Please ensure that you keep a copy of your written work for your own reference.

Please number the pages and ensure that you have scanned them in the right order. 

 

Sending your written work 2021

Due to the pandemic we are asking for written work to be submitted digitally and we will provide guidance in an email to all applicants after 15th October. We are unable to provide technical help with combining and compressing pdfs, please ask a parent/guardian/teacher/friend for help or look this up online.  We can only accept written work after the UCAS deadline 15th October 2021. If you send us written work before that deadline, we may ask you to send it again once the UCAS deadline has passed. 

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